Relationships can be strained if one or both partners is not getting enough sleep, and this is exaggerated when one partner keeps the other awake because of a sleep disorder. Fortunately, there are a handful of strategies that couples can use to help their situation. Here is how couples can cope when one partner has a sleep disorder.
One solution that helps couples cope with a sleep disorder is having separate bedrooms. This may be difficult for some couples, but it is an effective solution. Having separate bedrooms allows the partner without the disorder to sleep throughout the night without being bothered by the other person’s sleep disorder, and can help the affected partner overcome the sleep disorder’s symptoms. Many couples are happy with this solution, as they can spend time together throughout the day and then retire to their own rooms comfortably.
Changing your sleeping position can be an effective solution for some sleep disorders, especially snoring and sleep apnea. If your partner only snores while lying on his or her back, he or she can betrained to sleep in a new position. This can be done by propping your partner with pillows or rolling him or her over yourself. Remind your partner to try to avoid late night snacks and alcohol in order to reduce snoring.
A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine can replace your partner’s loud snoring with a gentle hum. If you are still kept awake by the hum of your partner’s CPAP machine, there are simple solutions. You can use an extension cord or order a longer cable that allows you to set the machine away from your sleeping area, or you can even build a soundproof casing.
If you or your partner has a sleep disorder, contact Zeeba Sleep Center. We are one of the few accredited sleep disorder facilities in the Las Vegas area and we treat a host of disorders. For more information about our services, feel free to visit our website or give us a call at (866) 233-2181.